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Women on Mann-Simons tour

Capital Women: Of Strength, Courage and Wisdom

By: Kim Jamieson, Historic Columbia Board of Trustees member

In 2016, Historic Columbia reopened the Mann-Simons Site with newly installed exhibits, interactive touchscreens, recorded audio and numerous visuals – enhancing the overall experience for each guest. I recently had the opportunity to take a tour and was blown away by the comprehensive updates Historic Columbia had incorporated into the...

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Modjeska Simkins on her porch

#TBT: Who is Modjeska Monteith Simkins?

By: Lois Carlisle, Executive Assistant

For more than sixty years, Modjeska Monteith Simkins used the wooden cottage at the corner of Elmwood and Marion St. as both a home and a headquarters. Known as the “matriarch of Civil Rights activists” in S.C., Modjeska Monteith Simkins led the charge for equality tirelessly her entire adult life...

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Bridal Portrait at Seibels House

Jennifer’s Bridal Portraits at Seibels House

We love when photographers showcase new perspectives at our historic properties. Through her lens, Caitlin from Coral Dove Photography transformed our gardens into a lush and mystical landscape fit for the most ornate New Orleans hothouse (which is perfect, because Jen and Hunter’s wedding was all about Louisiana nouveau). From...

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Russell House

#TBT: Mid-Century Mod

By: Lois Carlisle, Executive Assistant

This is part of our #TBT collaboration with Cola Today.

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Urgent Action Needed: Advocate for a 20% HTC in Final House/Senate Reconciled Bill

By: Staff, Historic Columbia

Senate Passes Tax Reform Bill with a 20% Historic Tax Credit, HTC Eliminated in House, Urgent Action Needed: Advocate for a 20% HTC in Final House/Senate Reconciled Bill

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Matilda Evans house

Matilda Evans House – 2027 Taylor St.

By: Staff, Historic Columbia

The house at 2027 Taylor Street was once the residence of Matilda Arabella Evans, the first female African-American physician in Columbia. Built sometime between 1910 and 1919, the vernacular house went through a myriad of early owners, most of whom were employees of the nearby Southern Railroad Company, before the Evans family occupied the residence. In 1928, the Evans family moved from their home on Two Notch Road to this location and descendants owned or occupied the home until 2005.

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rocket parade float

TBT: Santa in a spaceship to 1953

By: Lois Carlisle, Executive Assistant

This is part of a #TBT collaboration with Cola Today

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Wedding at Seibels House

Emily & Jesse at Seibels House

Historic Columbia’s four downtown properties offer the perfect venue to host your next celebration. Whether it’s a fairy tell wedding, a staff retreat, a birthday party or a family reunion—whatever you need, Historic Columbia can accommodate you and your group. Emily and Jesse Folk chose to make history on their...

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Bridal Portrait at Seibels House

Avis' Bridal Portraits at Seibels House

Seibels House and Garden isn’t just a great venue for your wedding and reception, they’re also an idyllic spot for bridal portraits, as well. The oldest home in Columbia is also the most affordable portrait venue, with pricing starting at $50/hour on weekdays. We’re delighted to share with you Avis...

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Wedding at Robert Mills House

Michelle & Austin at Robert Mills

The Shull wedding in early September was an occasion of grace and whimsy (with a little goofiness thrown in for good measure). Austin and Michelle married on the front lawn at the Robert Mills House , located at 1616 Blanding Street. We are pleased to be able to share their...

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